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Brighton father:"Make my road 20mph"
4:28pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
A father fears his road will become a rat-run for motorists trying to avoid the city’s 20mph zone.
Mark Strong, of Freshfield Road, Brighton, is worried his road will become more dangerous when the second phase of the 20mph zone is brought into Brighton and Hove next year.
The 51-year-old transport planner said the residential road falls between the two 20mph zones and would become the main 30mph north-south route through East Brighton.
Excluded Residents in the street are now calling on the council to bring them into the new zone.
Freshfield Road was excluded from the first zone which became active in April and has now been excluded from the proposed zone 2.
Brighton and Hove City Council is currently carrying out a consultation on the plans, which is set to run until October 4.
Father-of-two Mr Strong said the road was a route used by scores of children walking to St Luke’s Primary School and Queen’s Park Primary School.
The issue was raised at a local action team meeting in Queen’s Park this week and will also be discussed next month.
Mr Strong said: “When phase one was announced we were a bit disappointed it was not included then but we were told wait for phase 2.
“Now the phase has been announced and we are on the wrong side of the boundary again. We have fallen into the crack.
“The other boundary roads, such as Marine Parade and Wilson Avenue, are big roads, but Freshfield is no different in character to Sutherland Road – in fact it’s more residential because Sutherland is on the bus route.
“I cannot see any reason why it hasn’t been included.”
A Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman said: “Freshfield Road residents will receive consultation packs for phase two of the 20mph limit scheme in the next few |days.
“A number of public exhibitions will be held where residents will have the opportunity to meet staff and discuss any issues.”
Residents can complete an |online survey at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk under road safety before October 4.
Public exhibitions of the plans are also planned for September.
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